Dr. Irene Blázquez-Navarro is currently and since October 2012 Adviser at the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Spain, where she holds the position of Head of the Strategic Affairs Office of the National Security Department. Irene has been part of the Expert Committees which drafted the 2013 Spanish National Security Strategy, the National Maritime Security Strategy and the National Cibersecurity Strategy (2013), the National Energy Security Strategy (2015), as well as the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Annual National Security Report, approved by the National Security Council under the chair of the Prime Minister before submission to the Parliament for debate and discussion. She has also participated in the drafting of the Spanish National Security Act of September 2015. She is member of the National Council for Maritime Security and the Committee on Immigration in which she serves as Secretary. She has been awarded the Cross of Naval Merit with a white badge for her merits and in recognition of the work performed. Irene has followed the Harvard program for Senior Executives in National and International Security (Harvard Kennedy School).
Irene is Senior Lecturer in Public International Law and European Union Law at the Autónoma University of Madrid, Spain (on leave), where she was Vice-Dean of the Law School. She has also been Visiting Fellow at the Center of European Legal Studies of the Faculty of Law of Cambridge University (2007) and Visiting Professor at the China-EU School of Law in Beijing (2010). She has published books and articles on EU and International Law. Her PhD on European Integration and the Dispute Settlement System of the World Trade Organization was awarded the Law Faculty Prize (2005).
Irene has experience in cases before the International Court of Justice and the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank.